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Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 15
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 07-06-2001)
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Photo of WTexas

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hearty head into a weizen glass. Head remained until the end. Smell of bananas and esters but with a crisper (less creamy) taste and mouthfeel. Much more taste then I had expected from a "kristal", but the carbonation can verge on pungent at times. Overall, a very satisfying brew with a full taste and an excellent finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 03:43:44 | More by WTexas
Photo of RoyalT


3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a light yellow in color with some orangish tints. The big, fluffy weizeny head showed some good retention and left some nice lacing. The carbonation was gushing from the bottom of the glass.

Smell – The big yeast nose was light and fluffy. It was laced with orange and carried some wonderful banana notes. The light coriander spicing went well with everything.

Taste – The big, fruity flavors were complimented with some light clove. The traditional bananas, peach, and pears were tremendous. It lost most of the yeast that I picked up from the nose, though, which was a bit disappointing.

Mouthfeel – This one is somewhat bigger than light-bodied with modest carbonation.

Drinkability – This is a good example of the style but the taste and mouthfeel didn’t quite live up to the promise of the appearance and the nose.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 01:39:26 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant straw color. It is well carbonated and is topped by a thick off-white colored head. The aroma is lightly sweet with a mix of clove, grain, banana, and a bit of hoppy spiciness. The beer is quite crisp up front, it is followed by a soft fruity middle and finishes with a light astringent bitterness. There is some banana and clove notes here, they are a bit muted. This is a nice quaffable beer, nothing to get too excited about, but it is a good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 18:24:59 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with golden yellow body, a dense foaming head sits atop, good retention and some lacing

Smell, strong whiff of bananas, fruity phenols are the most prominant

Taste, thick malty body, bananas again coming through, fruity and slight hop bitterness, yeasty aftertaste

A good wheat, slightly less impressive than the standard though

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2004 16:26:23 | More by cypressbob
Photo of Sigmund


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(500 ml bottle, bought in Denmark.) Filtering off the goodies - what an idea! But that’s what Kristall Weissbiers are all about, for the benefit of people who wouldn’t dream of drinking a beer they can’t see through. With Franziskaner Kristallklar they get at least a decent aroma of banana and cloves, the beer is pale yellow and crystal clear indeed, pours with an enormous head. Flavour is crisp and moderately sweet, some cloves are there, but of course it’s not as good as the Hefe. Still a nice refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 22:27:08 | More by Sigmund
Photo of Ahhdball


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden yellow with a decent head.

Wheat and hops predomitly held my nose but failed to impress with anything else, maybe lemon, but faint.

Malty, wheat start. Clean crisp orange and lemon zest. Smooth clear cut finish. Very nice.

Bubbly feel springs in the mouth refreshingly crisp and leaves the mouth feeling velvety.

As far as drinkablity, this is good but I've had better German Weisse. Would I drink it again? Definitly.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 00:42:12 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a nice golden color with a HUGE head that died down to rings of lace along the sides of the glass.

The aroma was of wheat and aromatic hops with a very light skunkiness.

The taste was of light wheat, with a slight smokiness that became more pronounced on the aftertaste. It was also a little sweet.

This was quite unusual, not too bad, but not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 00:23:18 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and refreshing wheat scent with a dry fruity yeast finish. The taste is decent. It has a sweet, yet dry wheat flavor with a smooth, crisp finish. It goes down easy, but has a lingering fruity aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low/medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's light and smooth; a fine weisse.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2004 00:27:52 | More by WesWes
Photo of PopeJonPaul


3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first Kristal-Weizen I've ever tried. Super-clear yellow-gold color, looks like an American Pilsner except with a big puffy head. Smells like grass and lemons, taste was kind of lemony as well and somewhat spicy, but too mild. This beer was OK but just not enough flavor for me, tasted almost watered down. The fizzy mouthfeel and clean finish will slake your thirst, but if I had a choice I'd take their Hefe-Weisse or Dunkel over this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2004 02:30:44 | More by PopeJonPaul
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale white gold. Fizzy, with a huge egg-shell head and quite lacy. Smells grassy and peppery. Light banana and clove aromas as well.

Taste is fruity wheat malt, underpinned nicely with wispy banana and clove flavors. Lightly bitter in the finish. Crisp and refreshing. Surprisingly good. Not only do the Germans make a superior hefeweizen, they may just make the best filtered wheats as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 02:16:19 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of Southernbrew


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice straw color, decent head. Light smell, good fruit smell, definite banana aromas, to be expected. Medium mouthfeel, definite banana notes, lots of carbonation. Light aftertaste, still banana notes. Decent beer but certainly not the best weisse I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2004 05:05:03 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of counselor


3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear pale yellow with a deent head. Not much in the way of aroma, slight malt and mild citrusy hop smell. Taste was rather bland, lifeless, and short lived. This beer was thirst quenching, but nothing to really make me want another. Thin mouthfeel and unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 14:43:10 | More by counselor
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours clear and very light straw in color. Very light nose of lemon, clove and yeast. Very crisp and clean tasting (ie: not much flavor). Everything is very understated and subtle. nothing too exciting here, I prefer a bit more taste in my brew. A very high class, lawn mower brew. Would be great in hot weater and with light food.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 23:01:18 | More by Billolick
Photo of surfmeister


3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: yellow, crystal clear, plentiful wheat head, best part of the brew
Smell: faint malt, some perfume-like scent that I couldn't pin down, not much else
Taste: weak tasting, missing much of what makes wheat beer drinking enjoyable
Mouthfeel: thin, sort of like an American lager
Drinkability: inoffensive, but thats not a good reason to buy a beer
Overall: just buy the Franziskaner Hefe, no reason to drink this beer again

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 05:29:32 | More by surfmeister
Photo of DESTRO


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thought it would be a good lunch time brew to wash down a pastrami on rye. pours out crystal clear with a nice white bubbly head. faint aromas of yeast and breads and a touch of hay. flavor is light, a dulled down hefe, but that dosnt mean this beer dosn't have its time and place. light yeast and bready malt with the slightest lemon twang. very crisp and refreshing, simple yet effective at being what it aims to be, a drinkable, quenching brew.

$1.99 a pint.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 08:32:27 | More by DESTRO
Photo of Andreji


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm I was certainly disappointed by this member of such a family of Hefe-Weizens.

Pours a golden translucid with a light and medium white head that altough banishes with some degree of speed, leaves considerable lacing.

The smell, wheaty but not very strong. Perhaps gives off a bit of a doubt, which is affirmed in the tasting: this is but a lighter version of the hefe weiss, where the taste has been reduced to scale, keeping most properties just making it less interesting by comparison. only the drinkability goes up slightly but who the hell wants to drink the mediocre side to an excellent beer?

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 13:18:05 | More by Andreji
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Full head white very consistent atop a golden filtered body this beer stands tall in my official Franzy wheat bier glass high carbonation jet stream from the bottom of the glass rising to the top very nice webbed patterns form of lace. Aroma has mild banana and clove aromatics very good toward my olfactories the sharp sweetness of the malt also plays a role here along with some German hopping maybe some Tettanag not quite sure though. Taste creamy and crisp full banana and clove yeastiness so good, the sweetness from the malted wheat is very tasty as well and perfect balance with the bittering hops thrown in can't ask much more from a filtered weiss. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and medium in body, drinkability is excellent less body than an unfiltered hefe but this adds to the drinkability just a tad most of the flavor is still there gotta love that.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 16:27:23 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ugly pale yellow color is a bit of a turn off as it looks like a macro, but with that massive head on top and Franziskaner on the bottle, all your fears go away. Lots of bananas in the aroma as well as subtle but aiding spices.

It is very grainy in flavor, and the bananas are toned down a bit from the nose. The spiciness comes in a bit more. Some citrus notes let themselves known as well. Crisp, refreshing qualities aid drinkability and mouthfeel which are both excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 19:29:07 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Freaking giant head. Very pale yellow color, with a tinge of chartreuse. Club-weisse has a slightly wheaty nose, and looks like a pilsner, but tastes like a hefe - kinda. I liked this beer a little, but not too much, though it was light and kinda refreshing. This one seemed a touch off, and I'm going to taste it again to give it a fair shot.

Tasted from a 16.9 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 15:34:50 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head is yooj, off-white, coarse, foamy, pillowy. It leaves clumpy, sticky lacing. The beer is clear, yellow-gold, pale. Nice spice, fruit, citrus in the nose. Some toast. Spicy citrus front, buttery fruity middle, dry, slightly acidic (apple juice) finish. This is a good beer out of the fridge, but it really blooms at temperature. That's when the butter and bananas come out to play. I like this better than the hefe (creamier, I think).

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 01:25:36 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Quaffer


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This beer poured a crystal clear yellow with a very heavy, sustained bead. The head rose up huge (as in, explode-out-of-the-top-of-the-glass huge ) and fluffy. A very thin layer of foam persisted for the whole drink and left small freckles of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: The smell was comprised of wheat and grains, sweet grasses, and a light lemon zest. All were rolled together to make up a clean, refreshing aroma.

Mouthfeel: The feel was smooth and velvety. The body fell somewhere between light and medium, being a little fuller that your typical wheat beer.

Taste: The initial flavor was that of rough wheat and slightly sweet grain. These persisted alone up until the finish, when a light bitterness and an even lighter lemon taste joined the fray. The aftertaste was all sweet grass.

This was a good wheat beer, especially for crystal wheat. While I prefer a hefe, this offering would have to be one of my favorites of the filtered variety.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 23:27:44 | More by Quaffer
Photo of TheDM


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a large head of fine to medium sized white bubbles. It has a transparent light orange color and some carbonation rising from the glass. Its aroma is a mild hoppy aroma. I sensed a mild fruity flavor with a hint of fizz in the after taste. All-in-all it is a very nice drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 22:02:39 | More by TheDM
Photo of Rumrunner


3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 9oz. bottle

Pours with a great big head even with a slow pour. It dissipates but does not dissappear entirely. The color is a weak gold. Easy to see through. The scent is a pungent grass and wheat.

The wheat is highly detectable in the flavor. Some fruit, honey and a clove taste at the end. It does leave an unpleasant aftertaste unfortunately.

It has a slight watery feel and the drinkability has a bit too much carbonation. This makes it a little bit hard to swallow.

An enjoyable beer but not a first rater in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 07:24:25 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of hotstuff


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine German Wheat brew that I enjoyed a lot. It poured a large white head. There was little lacing on the sides of my glass. Carbonation could be seen rising to the top. It had a smooth taste to it which is what I really enjoy. This is a brew that I would enjoy drinking on any given night.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 14:59:35 | More by hotstuff
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I have to say that it is about 90 degrees and this is a perfect beer to have. Glowing yellow in color with a HUGE white fluffy head that won't quit. The smell is grain, sweet, malt, citrus and a hint of some pepper. The carbonation is crazy! Tons and tons of bubbles all over the place. The taste is very refreshing. Very explosive on the tongue. The aftertaste kind of fades but some citrus sweetnes tries to come through. So thirst quencing and exactly what I need right now. I want to try their Dunkel next.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 17:15:45 | More by CharlesRiver
Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.